Hailing from the hills surrounding the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, 1814 started out in 2004 and have been bringing their own take on Kiwi flavoured reggae ever since.
The band has since gained a huge reputation for its live shows and extensive touring throughout New Zealand, being on the road for months on end. The band has also become a popular favourite on the festival circuit both in New Zealand and overseas.
Over the years this band has supported numerous international bands like Third World on their NZ Tour, Nas and Damien Marley on their Distant Relatives Tour, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kolohe Kai, Rebel Souljahs, Raggamuffin international artists; Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, The Wailers, Kymani Marley, J Boog, Spawnbreezie, Billy Ocean, Ali Campbell, Sly and Robbie, Arrested Development and N’kule Dube.
Mana – A super natural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object. Integrity, charisma, prestige.
Lion – You know what a lion is.
Sydney-based ManaLion are:
Duan & Only on Frontal Vee’s, Gat-Wound, Indo Tele (and your chestal chords)…
Mondo on Beats, Beets, Electronic Ricochet Rags, Rigs and Persian Rugs (he got no fleas)…
Slam Duncan on Bass and Yazz-Flute, Shakey Golden Tonsil Bee Vee’s (he got the jack).
Between all three members comes a combination of musical influences from Soul to Roots, Funk to DnB, Gangsta Rap to Hardcore Punk and everything in between.
Soljah are a five piece unit based in Kaipara and Auckland New Zealand, consisting of five heavy weight musicians who are creating waves across Aotearoa with their mesmerising live performances and ground stomping sound. Heavy distorted riffs with rhythms that knock you off your feet, bouncy drum and bass to put you back on your feet, and tight vocal harmonies that drip with catchy melodies.
While listening to Soljah’s music you will discover an eclectic blend of influences. The heavily distorted guitar lines mixed with jazz harmony come from the master mind of guitarist Les Watene, who has a degree in Jazz. The four on the floor bass drum can be attributed to Tawhiri Littlejohn’s history of playing reggae music since he was young. The soulful vocals of Ben Ratima are reminiscent of a love for old school artists such as Stevie Wonder, and the percussive slapping coming from Raniera Littlejohn’s bass oozes funk and soul. Nicely finished off by a touch of RnB comes from Jacob Nansen on keys.
The five musicians that make up Soljah have been painting their flavour throughout NZ in the music of many well known NZ artists, as they are all highly sought after session musicians, called on by the best for various recording projects and performances. Between the five of them they have played for NZ artists such as King Kapisi, Anika Moa, Savage, Che Fu, Vince Harder, Nesian Mystic, Annabel Fay, Ben Lumis, Josh Leys and Sons of Zion.
The bottom end and deep cutting grooves are held down by a blood connection, brothers Tawhiri and Raniera who grew up on the road touring with their father Tony Littlejohn, NZ reggae legend. You can’t ignore the prowess and commanding authority that flows from these two brothers, the groove is in their veins, and is very contagious, it’s inevitable – once you hear it – you will be pulled into the music of Soljah like quick sand.
Ladi6 (born Karoline Tamati in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a recording artist of Samoan descent.
She has won numerous awards, including Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards and has been called “New Zealand’s answer to Erykah Badu”.
The current line-up of the wider group includes Ladi6, her partner Parks (a.k.a. Brent Park) and Julien Dyne.
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest bands and with a solid foothold in Europe and North America, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of mulit-platinum selling albums, and a masterful live show that has been filling dance floors across the globe for over a decade.
While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band over a decade ago, The Black Seeds’ sound casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundations. It’s “contemporary groove music with influences from soul, funk and reggae rhythms – and even rock on the new album,” explains guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir.
Described recently by the German Rolling Stone as ‘The best reggae band in the world right now’, The Black Seeds supremely danceable live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go making the band a regular fixture at the world’s leading music festivals.
From humble roots reggae beginnings in 1997 as a covers band with a name inspired by The Wailers debut album ‘Catch a Fire’, to their current status as troubadours of Pacific spirit, Katchafire have refined their craft – a testament to organic Aotearoa reggae.
Katchafire are a band that resonates throughout the nation, spreading the good will of reggae from rural foundations, its members residing throughout the Waikato, Raglan, Waihi, and Hamilton. There is a united spiritual connection between its members and the land they come from. Always a band that has stuck true to whanau roots, Katchafire embrace a truly universal sound.
Katchafire are no strangers to success, they are truly ‘World Famous in New Zealand’ also playing to sell-out crowds & on respected stages throughout the world, they continue to solidify their status.
Track listing: Irie; Love Letter; Who You With; Giddy Up; On the Road Again; Say What You’re Thinking; Get Away; Seriously; Collie Herb Man; I and I; Frisk Me Down; Groove Again; Meant to Be; Sensimillia; Working; Sweet As.
In our land, ‘summer’ means so much more than the warmest months of the year. When we smell summer coming, we think of freedom and happiness. Claiming the ability to steal this feeling and package it up into one band comes with incredibly high expectations. Expectations that New Zealand’s Summer Thieves can own.
Summer Thieves play WITH their audience, their people; their tribe. The crowd becomes as much a part of the gig as the song. Moving the crowd & getting the crowd moving are two different things; Summer Thieves does both well.
When you describe their music, you could say, reggae, rock, funk, or you could forget the genre and focus on explaining the feeling Summer Thieves songs promote, because it’s just the same as summer – freedom, happiness, one long infectious party.
Summer Thieves are: Johnny Ward (Drums and Percussion), Adam Spencer (Bass), Angus Cleland (Keys, Percussion and Sampling) and Jake Barton (Guitar and Vocals).
From the tail of the fish to the tip, Aotearoa was swept up in the music of TrinityRoots, a boil-up of ingredients that seemed to embody the very essence of our home, land and sea, and serve as an invocation to that same environment. The influences that the group brought together joined the dots between head-nodding reggae, slow-burning funk and jazz adventurism to form undeniably indigenous waiata, unconstrained by genre boxes.
After a triumphant return to the live stage in October 2010 with sold-out shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, an appearance at WOMAD NZ 2011, and their Australian live debut wowing audiences with a main stage performance at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest, TrinityRoots looked to have embarked on a brand new phase of their musical relationship.
Music is choice – and TrinityRoots are crafting brand new material for Aotearoa to be swept up in all over again. Who knows where their adventures in sound will take us this time?